A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[mik-suh-muh-toh-sis] /ˌmɪk sə məˈtoʊ sɪs/
  1. a condition characterized by the presence of many myxomas.
  2. myxomatous degeneration.
Veterinary Pathology. a highly infectious viral disease of rabbits, artificially introduced into Great Britain and Australia to reduce the rabbit population.
1925-30; < New Latin myxomat- (stem of myxoma; see myx-, -oma) + -osis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for myxomatosis


an infectious and usually fatal viral disease of rabbits characterized by swelling of the mucous membranes and formation of skin tumours; transmitted by flea bites
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
myxomatosis in Medicine

myxomatosis myx·o·ma·to·sis (mĭk-sō'mə-tō'sĭs)

  1. A condition characterized by the growth of many myxomas.

  2. A highly infectious, usually fatal disease of rabbits that is caused by a pox virus and is characterized by many skin tumors similar to myxomas.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for myxomatosis

infectious myxomatosis

a highly fatal infectious viral disease of rabbits. It is characterized by fever, swelling of the mucous membranes, and the presence of nodular skin tumours. The disease exists naturally in populations of certain South American rabbits of the genus Sylvilagus and has been introduced into western Europe and Australia as a means of rabbit population control

Learn more about infectious myxomatosis with a free trial on
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for myxomatosis

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for myxomatosis

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for myxomatosis